merino is a tempera artist based in Yokohama, Japan, who creates works using the technique of egg yolk tempera*, which is one of the classic painting techniques from the Italian Renaissance** period, starting with making a plaster based support. Her works mainly depict imaginary villages and the people who live there.
merino participated in a long-term artist-in-residence program in Koganecho, Yokohama for 10 years from January 2011.
In addition to producing tempera paintings, she has also provided numerous works for books and CD covers.
*Egg yolk tempera: A technique widely practiced in Western paintings since the 11th century, where pigments are dissolved into a mixture of eggs and vinegar to paint on a plaster base on a board.
**Italian Renaissance: From the mid 14th century to the mid 16th century, a cultural movement arose in Italy aiming to revive the learning and knowledge of ancient Greece and Rome, and eventually spread to other European countries. Famous works of this period include Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" and "Primavera".
1997 Selected for the 1st Shinsei Exhibition, Shinseido, Tokyo
Received the 1st ARTBOX Western Film Newcomer Award Grand Prize, ART BOX GALLERY, Tokyo
2019 merino Solo Exhibition, Site-A Gallery, Yokohama
2020 Koganecho Bazaar 2020, Hachibankan, Yokohama
2022 Expression Exhibition of Small Works, Bern Art Gallery, Osaka
Corridor in May, Bern Art Gallery, Osaka
Two-person exhibition, alma, Kotori Flower Shop, Tokyo
meino exhibition, msb gallery, Tokyo
Cover art; "Time" by Eva Hoffmann , Misuzu Shobo,
Cover picture; Harry Potter "Fukuro Tsushin VOL.3" Spica
Binding and cover art; "Living on the Beach of Space" Kaizosha
Cover art; "Gaston Lucia" by Roger Faligot, Shogakukan
and many other bindings and illustrations
Company name logo production for Representative of UFO researcher Junichi Yaoi, "ORANGE SHIP Co., Ltd"
Logo production for Acoustic trio band "Ohfujitsubo"
Logo production for Acoustic ensemble "Handdlion"